STEMconnect ​LLC

Special thanks to these amazing scientists for supporting our Hoffman-Boston Elementary School pilot program.  They showed students that what they were learning in the classroom was directly relevant to their careers - and students started dreaming about the future!

 Emily Leichtman - Ecologist
 Science Assistant, Directorate for Biological Sciences, Division of Environmental Biology;  Population & Community Ecology Cluster, National Science Foundation
 Classroom Activity:  “What Do You Need?” - Animal Adaptations in Ecosystems (3rd grade)

 Dr. Miriam Jones - Geologist
 Research Geologist, Eastern Geology and Paleoclimate Science Center, US Geological  Survey
Classroom Activity:  Rocky Road (5th grade)

 Dr. Becky Dentel - Zoologist
 Zookeeper, Reston Zoo
 Classroom Activity:  Animal Adaptations - Physical Characteristics (3rd grade)

 Dr. Chuck Estabrook - Seismologist
 Program Director, GEO/EAR/EarthScope' Division of Earth Sciences, National Science Foundation
 Classroom Activity:  Investigating Plate Tectonics (5th grade)

 Dr. Gannet Haller - Meteorologist
 Program Director, Physical and Dynamic Meteorology (PDM), Div. of Atmospheric & Geospace      Sciences (AGS), National Science Foundation
 Classroom Activity:  Storm Warning - Investigating the Weather (4th grade)

Classrooms - Students' portal to the world

Students, Teachers and Administrators agree - relevant scientists can inspire kids!

APS Snapshots Highlights Pilot with Hoffman-Boston Elementary 


To truly inspire students to dream about STEM careers we need to fundamentally change the delivery of science curriculum learning so all students are actively engaged in learning, understand the real-world relevance of what they're learning, and see a potential career path based on what they're learning.

Elementary school teachers cannot be expected to be subject matter experts in all science domains.  Having a relevant STEM professional in the classroom while the teacher is conducting a hands-on science activity will improve STEM teaching and enable students to discover first-hand how the science they're learning in the classroom connects to a myriad of STEM careers.

STEM professionals make students' learning relevant and exciting by sharing how they utilize the key concepts being taught.  STEM professionals demonstrate the real-world career connection of the curriculum and how he/she uses those key concepts/core principles to innovate and tackle real-world problems.